Caribbean Islands
An Account of the Antiquities of the Indians: Chronicles of the New World Encounter
An Account of the Antiquities of the Indians
Chronicles of the New World Encounter
Paperback      ISBN: 0822323478
Accompanying Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1494 was a young Spanish friar named Ramón Pané. The friar’s assignment was to live among the “Indians” whom Columbus had “discovered” on the island of Hispaniola (today the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic), to learn their language, and to write a record of their lives and beliefs. While the culture of these indigenous people—who came to be known as the Taíno—is now extinct, the written record completed by Pané around 1498 has survived. This volume makes Pané’s landmark Account—the first book written in a European language on American soil—available in an annotated English edition. Edited by the noted Hispanist José Juan Arrom, Pané’s report is the only surviving direct source of information about the myths, ceremonies, and lives of the New World inhabitants whom Columbus first encountered. The friar’s text contains many linguistic and cultural observations, including descriptions of the Taíno people’s healing rituals and their beliefs about their souls after death. Pané provides the first known description of the use of the hallucinogen cohoba, and he recounts the use of idols in ritual ceremonies. The names, functions, and attributes of native gods; the mythological origin of the aboriginal people’s attitudes toward sex and gender; and their rich stories of creation are described as well.
Almost Home: Maroons Between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone
Almost Home
Maroons Between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300220464
The unique story of a small community of escaped slaves who revolted against the British government yet still managed to maneuver and survive against all odds. After being exiled from their native Jamaica in 1795, the Trelawney Town Maroons —a community of escaped slaves—endured in Nova Scotia and then in Sierra Leone. Drawing on a vast array of primary source material, Ruma Chopra traces their journey and transformation into refugees, empire builders—and sometimes slave catchers and slave owners. A gripping narrative that spans three distinct Transatlantic regions, this account of the Maroons’ unlikely survival reveals the complexities of the British antislavery era.
American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700
American Baroque
Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700
Hardcover      ISBN: 1469638975
Pearls have enthralled global consumers since antiquity, and the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella explicitly charged Columbus with finding pearls, as well as gold and silver, when he sailed westward in 1492. American Baroquecharts Spain's exploitation of Caribbean pearl fisheries to trace the genesis of its maritime empire. In the 1500s, licit and illicit trade in the jewel gave rise to global networks, connecting the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean to the pearl-producing regions of the Chesapeake and northern Europe. Pearls—a unique source of wealth because of their renewable, fungible, and portable nature—defied easy categorization. Their value was highly subjective and determined more by the individuals, free and enslaved, who produced, carried, traded, wore, and painted them than by imperial decrees and tax-related assessments. The irregular baroque pearl, often transformed by the imagination of a skilled artisan into a fantastical jewel, embodied this subjective appeal. Warsh blends environmental, social, and cultural history to construct microhistories of peoples' wide-ranging engagement with this deceptively simple jewel. Pearls facilitated imperial fantasy and personal ambition, adorned the wardrobes of monarchs and financed their wars, and played a crucial part in the survival strategies of diverse people of humble means. These stories, taken together, uncover early modern conceptions of wealth, from the hardscrabble shores of Caribbean islands to the lavish rooms of Mediterranean palaces.
American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science
American Tropics
The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1469635607
"By examining U.S. biological fieldwork from the era of the Spanish-American War and the construction of the Panama Canal through the anticolonial movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Raby demonstrates how research in tropical biology developed in tandem with the southward expansion of U.S. empire and argues that both the key scientific concepts and the values embedded in the modern biodiversity discourse were developed in significant part through U.S. biologists' encounters with the Caribbean. In doing so,Raby brings to the forefront a ... neglected history of twentieth-century U.S. science and empire. While historians of science and environment have shown interest in the application of U.S. ecological and environmental ideas in the tropical world, this study demonstrates how that knowledge also flowed in the other direction"--
American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science
American Tropics
The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science
Hardcover      ISBN: 1469635593
Biodiversity has been a key concept in international conservation since the 1980s, yet historians have paid little attention to its origins. Uncovering its roots in tropical fieldwork and the southward expansion of U.S. empire at the turn of the twentieth century, Megan Raby details how ecologists took advantage of growing U.S. landholdings in the circum-Caribbean by establishing permanent field stations for long-term, basic tropical research. From these outposts of U.S. science, a growing community of American "tropical biologists" developed both the key scientific concepts and the values embedded in the modern discourse of biodiversity. Considering U.S. biological fieldwork from the era of the Spanish-American War through the anticolonial movements of the 1960s and 1970s, this study combines the history of science, environmental history, and the history of U.S.–Caribbean and Latin American relations. In doing so, Raby sheds new light on the origins of contemporary scientific and environmentalist thought and brings to the forefront a surprisingly neglected history of twentieth-century U.S. science and empire.
Anne Bonny the Infamous Female Pirate
Anne Bonny the Infamous Female Pirate
Paperback      ISBN: 1627310452
The story of the most famous female pirate in history provides a remarkable personal odyssey from a time when women were almost powerless and at the lowest level of the social order on both sides of the Atlantic. This new biographical work fills considerable gaps in Anne Bonny’s life beyond her mythology to rescue an actual person for posterity. After turning her back on everything she knew growing up in South Carolina to find a sense of personal freedom, Anne Bonny sailed the Caribbean’s pristine waters during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early eighteenth century. Few accurate records exist about these law-breakers, whose lifestyles called for hanging. Fortunately, Anne Bonny was a notable exception to the rule, as she was caught off the Jamaican coast and tried by a court of law, whose records have fortunately survived. So, who was the real Anne Bonny? A heartless prostitute, a bloodthirsty psychopathic, or a compassionate woman of faith and courage? Such a fundamental question has not been adequately answered by historians for 300 years. It is now time to take a fresh look at the life of Anne Bonny to present a corrective view into not only her story but also the seldom explored, but incredibly rich, field of women’s history. The Anne Bonny mythology is today popularly told in Starz channel’s Black Sails and the video game Assassin's Creed.
Architecture and Empire in Jamaica
Architecture and Empire in Jamaica
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300211007
Through Creole houses and merchant stores to sugar fields and boiling houses, Jamaica played a leading role in the formation of both the early modern Atlantic world and the British Empire. Architecture and Empire in Jamaica offers the first scholarly analysis of Jamaican architecture in the long 18th century, spanning roughly from the Port Royal earthquake of 1692 to Emancipation in 1838. In this richly illustrated study, which includes hundreds of the author’s own photographs and drawings, Louis P. Nelson examines surviving buildings and archival records to write a social history of architecture. Nelson begins with an overview of the architecture of the West African slave trade then moves to chapters framed around types of buildings and landscapes, including the Jamaican plantation landscape and fortified houses to the architecture of free blacks. He concludes with a consideration of Jamaican architecture in Britain. By connecting the architecture of the Caribbean first to West Africa and then to Britain, Nelson traces the flow of capital and makes explicit the material, economic, and political networks around the Atlantic.
Arising from Bondage: A History of the Indo-Caribbean People
Arising from Bondage
A History of the Indo-Caribbean People
Hardcover      ISBN: 0814775489
Ramdin (biographer, historian, and novelist) tells the epic story of the extraordinary perseverance and courage of the Indo-Caribbean people since their first arrival in British Guiana in 1838 as cheap, disposable labor to replace the emancipated African slaves. Drawing on official reports and paper as well as unpublished material from disparate sources, he reveals how Indian peasants struggled to build a distinct identity, and how their political, socioeconomic, religious and cultural life ultimately extended to North America. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Atrocities of the Pirates: A Faithful Narrative of the Unparalleled Suffering of the Author During His Captivity Among the Pirates
The Atrocities of the Pirates
A Faithful Narrative of the Unparalleled Suffering of the Author During His Captivity Among the Pirates
Paperback      ISBN: 1616081945
A brutally honest depiction of piracy in the nineteenth century.

Beyond Slavery: Explorations of Race, Labor, and Citizenship in Postemancipation Societies
Beyond Slavery
Explorations of Race, Labor, and Citizenship in Postemancipation Societies
Paperback      ISBN: 0807848549
In this collaborative work, three leading historians explore one of the most significant areas of inquiry in modern historiography?the transition from slavery to freedom and what this transition meant for former slaves, former slaveowners, and the societies in which they lived. Their contributions take us beyond the familiar portrait of emancipation as the end of an evil system to consider the questions and the struggles that emerged in freedom's wake. Thomas Holt focuses on emancipation in Jamaica and the contested meaning of citizenship in defining and redefining the concept of freedom; Rebecca Scott investigates the complex struggles and cross-racial alliances that evolved in southern Louisiana and Cuba after the end of slavery; and Frederick Cooper examines the intersection of emancipation and imperialism in French West Africa. In their introduction, the authors address issues of citizenship, labor, and race, in the post-emancipation period and they point the way toward a fuller understanding of the meanings of freedom.